Good Value For Money Dog Food

There are several factors to take into account when deciding if a dog food is good value for money. With 15kg (the large) bags of dog food typically ranging from £10 to £60 per bag how do you know which is best? There are several factors which can make a dog food expensive, some of these are worth the money and some are not.

Ingredients can affect the price of a dog food. Ingredients are listed on the packaging in order, with the highest content being shown first. Generally speaking meat costs more than wheat and cereals, so the higher up the ingredient list the meat is the more it will cost, but this also means that the food is probably better for the dog, so this is worth paying for. Also, the cheaper foods which are filled with ingredients like wheat will require more grams of food per feed to provide your dog with all the nutrients he needs, meaning a 15kg bag will not last as long and could actually work out more expensive. It is also worth baring in mind that most of the wasted ingredients in the cheaper food will come straight out of the other end, meaning more picking up after your dog.

Ingredient source can also affect price. Just like we may prefer to buy free range eggs, chickens and environmentally friendly grown vegetables for a slight extra cost we can now also do this for dog food. It is possible that the healthier livestock and more nutritional vegetables will be better for your dog, but it also gives you piece of mind. This is a slight added cost which many people will be happy to pay for.

Expenditure of the company, for example TV advertising campaigns. These promotional activities cost money, so if you can find a food which has similar ingredients from a company which does not spend a fortune on advertising then maybe it will be cheaper.

Two particular brands which stand out as value for money are Arden Grange Dog food and Burns Dog food. Never heard of them? That’s because they spend their money developing their foods and trying to keep costs down rather than finding a cute dog and making it look like he can talk on TV.

Arden Grange are a family business based in Southern England and produce food of a high meat content, do not test their products on animals and use sustainably sourced ingredients. Their food contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and all the food is made in the UK.

Burns Pet Nutrition are a Welsh company and were originally started by a Vet. These foods are kept to a very high standard but have a simple ingredient list which is designed to be similar to homemade dog food recipes with a few extra vitamins and minerals.

To try free samples of Burns or Arden Grange dog foods visit www.netpetshop.co.uk where you can order samples of all varieties of Arden Grange and Burns Dog Food.

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